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NAWBO Member Q&A: Julie Tuttle

Julie Tuttle is the founder and operator of the JT Collective, which offers offer administrative support for businesses. The JT Collective does this through a virtual assistant, which provides administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office.  

Tuttle is a new member of the board of directors and is the director of the NAWBO Iowa Awards event.

Can you take me through your personal background?

I am originally from Western Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I earned degrees in both Marketing and Sociology. I lived in the Milwaukee area before moving to Des Moines 11 years ago already! I have worked as an executive administrator, office manager and, most recently, project manager. I live just outside Carlisle and have a 7 (going on 17)-year-old daughter.  

What is your profession/business?

I am the owner of The JT Collective, and I offer virtual assistant services ranging from basic administrative needs to project management. I heard the term virtual assistant about two years ago, and as I dug into what that actually meant, I realized I could do this and do it well. I just launched my business in January and have steadily grown since then. 

Joining NAWBO Iowa has given me so many great networking opportunities, and I've established so many great relationships in the short time I've been involved. I primarily focus on small businesses and love helping owners figure out what we can take off of their plate so they can focus on really growing their business.

What is the favorite part of what you do?

My favorite part of what I do is sitting down and really digging into what the needs are of a small business. Hearing how passionate someone is about their business gives me so much energy! I also love seeing someone be able to focus on the things that they love instead of the basic administration tasks that keep them bogged down day after day. I really enjoy the details, too, so taking on those tasks doesn't feel like work to me!

Who has had the biggest influence on your life?

I would have to say my Mom and Grandma. Both had to work extremely hard throughout their lives. I get my work ethic from them and am not afraid of a challenge. Both were also extremely independent and that has benefited me in so many ways throughout my life. I'm now seeing the same thing in my own daughter and it makes me excited for her future. 

If you could go to one place for a week, where would you go?

Right now, I'd find a beach and a fruity drink and not move for the entire week! I have also always wanted to take a road trip along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Massachusetts in the fall to see all the colors and eat as much seafood as I possibly can!   

3 podcasts perfect for women entrepreneurs

Podcast listening numbers are continuing to sharply rise. According to a 2019 report titled the Infinite Dial, more than half of the people in the United States have listened to at least one podcast. Nearly one out of every three people listen to a podcast every month. In 2018, that number was closer to one in four.

Podcasts can be used in a number of fashions — to inform, to entertain, to pass the time. Business owners and professionals can also use podcasts to continuously learn, even when on the move. That’s why there are countless podcasts dedicated to entrepreneurs in almost every industry.

We’ve picked out three of the best podcasts for women entrepreneurs.

Women Taking the Lead

This show, hosted by business coach Jodi Flynn, features interviews with other women business owners and guidance from Flynn herself. Flynn was a psychology major in college, so much of her teaching is based on the mental aspect of running a business. She focuses on confidence, overcoming obstacles and more.   

Flynn is a self-described Type A personality, so she specializes in women like herself. She’s also written a book titled “Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to Doing,” which is a step-by-step guide in how to achieve goals.

Flynn releases one or two Women Taking the Lead podcasts per month. You can find the feed on the Apple Podcasts platform.

Being Boss

This podcast specializes in advice for creative entrepreneurs, whether that be freelancers, side-hustlers and more. Hosted by friends and colleagues Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon, Being Boss delves into interviews with other entrepreneurs and discussions between Thompson and Shannon. They enjoy mixing humor with advice.

Since launching the show in January 2015, the pair have released hundreds of episodes and garnered more than 7 million downloads. Episodes are typically released monthly.

Kate’s Take

An entrepreneur herself, Kate Erickson hosts Kate’s Take, which features a behind-the-scenes look at how she runs a seven-figure business — Entrepreneurs on Fire. One of her recent episodes touches on a half-marathon Erickson recently ran. She missed her goal by 33 seconds, but what she learned was much more profound.

Episodes are released weekly.